Improving Locals and Children's health in Mauritania

Lina Fievet Start Date: Jan 7, 2018 - End Date: Jul 6, 2018
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by: Lina Fievet Start Date: Jan 7, 2018 - End Date: Jul 6, 2018

Hi ! My name is Lina, I am 22, I am japanese/french and I am a recent graduate from McGill University in Canada. I just obtained my undergraduate degree in Pharmacology, and I am very passionate in health and wellbeing, in particular in: mental health, women's health, maternal and newborn health and chronic disease. 

I applied to this internship with the World Health Organization, because it is my dream to work in an international organization that aims to improve, educate and provide health for people all over the world. I believe that health is one of the most important thing to take care for, since it is the basis for everything we want to do. Without physical and mental health, we cannot work, play, have fun, travel, connect with people etc. That is why my aim is to try to provide access to basic health care to as many as possible, and that is what I would love to work for. 

The World Health Organization is an international organization, that is part of the United Nations, working for international public health. It plays an important role trying to address communicable disease such as Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, but also non communicable disease such as chronic disease, reproductive health, maternal and newborn health, nutrition etc. 

For my internship, I will be going to Mauritania, in West Africa. Mauritania, compared to other countries in the region, still faces different health challenges. According to the WHO, the healthy life expectancy at birth is 53 years old. Although it is decreasing, the under 5 mortality rate is 90/1000 live births, many dying from prematurity, respiratory infections and other causes. The top causes of death are: Lower respiratory infections, tuberculosis, malaria, preterm birth complications, diarrhea. 

During my internship, I will be participating in various projects such as: increasing access to vaccinations among children, reducing high blood pressure, improving access to health care, and improving health of refugees etc. 

 

It is the first time I am going abroad (and in Africa!) to do such projects, and it is the first time that I am doing an internship with an international organization. That is why I am very very excited because I always wanted to work for the WHO, but also because I will be able to work in a team, with local people, trying to improve health of locals and children. Even if it is for a short period of time (3-6months). I would really love to do my best to make a difference. This internship will allow me learn how it is to work in such organizaiton, how to work in a team, and will probably open many doors for me in the future! Please help me with my dream, thank you !!!!

 

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